There can’t be a single English viewer of the Women’s World Cup semi-final last night, who didn’t feel a twinge of sympathy for Laura Bassett.
The England player, who normally plays for Notts County, scored a horrible own goal in stoppage time, handing Japan a 2-1 victory. She was in floods of tears after the final whistle and had to be comforted by manager Mark Sampson as she walked off the field.
Predictably, the social media trolls came out to post messages calling her 'useless'.
But they were quickly shot-down. Indeed, in the hours following the match, Bassett, 31, received an outpouring of support.